NEW DELHI: A month after a dramatic break-up with the JD-U, the BJP on Friday appointed Vinod Tawde as the new state in-charge of the party replacing Union minister Bhupendra Yadav. The party has also appointed Harish Dwivedi as the co-in charge for Bihar.
Total 15 new incharges have been appointed.
Party sources said the new appointments came following wide consultations in the aftermath of the break-up with the JD-U. Vinod Tawde is a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council and is considered an ace party strategist.
“In the next few days, a new state unit chief will also be announced,” said a source. The BJP also appointed the party’s state in-charges and co-in charges for 14 other states, including poll-bound Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Punjab.
According to an official list, Om Prakash Mathur has been made new state in-charge of poll-bound Chhattisgarh with Nitin Nabin (MLA Patna) as co-in charge. Similarly, Tarun Chug is the pick for Telangana and Arvind Menon his deputy. Arun Singh has been again appointed the state in-charge of poll-bound Rajasthan and Vijay Rahtatkar as co-in charge.
P Muridhar Rao is the new state in-charge in Madhya Pradesh and Pankaj Munde and Ram Shankar Katheria are the co-in charges.
An official notification said former Bihar health minister Mangal Pandey has been appointed party’s state in-charge of West Bengal and Amit Malviya (BJP national IT in-charge) and Asha Lakra as co-in charges.
Dr Sambit Patra is the new state in-charge of northeast states while Rituraj Sinha is the co-in charge.
Dr Mahesh Sharma, MP, has been made state in-charge of Tripura while former Gujarat CM Vijaybhai Rupani is the party’s state in-charge of Chandigarh.
Dr Radha Mohan Aggarwal is the state in-charge of Lakshadweep. For Kerala unit, Prakash Javedkar is the state in-charge and Dr Radha Mohan Aggarwal is the co-in charge.
Laxmikant Bajpai, MP, has been appointed the party’s state in-charge of Jharkhand while former Tripura CM Biplab Deb is the state in-charge of Haryana.
Vinod Sonkar, MP, is the state in-charge of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.
A senior BJP leader said that appoint state incharges and co-incharges had been “pending for quite some time and care has been taken to accommodate different leaders”.
- Bihar: Vinod Tawde
- Jharkhand: Laxmikant Bajpai
- Chhattisgarh: Om Mathur
- MP: P Muralidhar Rao
- Rajasthan: Arun Singh
- Haryana: Biplab Deb
- Punjab: Vijaybhai Rupani
- Kerala: Prakash Javadekar
- Tripura: Mahesh Sharma
- North-East: Sambit Patra